tv Gov. Chris Christie and Sheila Blair CSPAN December 10, 2011 11:00pm-11:45pm EST
the awards are given to those who work across boundaries and demonstrate excellence and leadership. among the recipients, chris christie, and baltimore county president. >> good morning. we are at thrilled you are able to join us this morning for this wonderful opportunity to vote to recognize an exceptional leaders and engage in thought-provoking conversations on 21st century leadership issues. beyond all of you here in this audience, "washington post" readers, academic and business leaders, we are thrilled to welcome our online audience who are watching this live on the internet. we will be posting video highlights from today for you to
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global globetrotting columnist, and idea man who uses technology for social change, a university president with a magic touch, a godfather of therts, and a businesswoman who works for millions of americans behind the scenes in the financial crisis. we will tell you a little bit more about each of our winners, why they chose these particular people, and we will hear from each of the honorees. ople have 320 minutes discussions. the first will be about leadership and governments with the governor of new jersey, chris christie. sheila bear who untiluly read the fdic. it will have a discussion about leership ideas and discussion. he is the director of google
ideas. michael kaiser who runs the kennedy cter for performing pirates. and at freeman lebowski. then we will close with a discussion about leadership on the international stage. that is with nobel prize winner ahmed zuel and nick chrstoff of "the new york times." let me welcome to the stage the 2011 top american leaders. [applause] ♪ [applause]
>> and to hand out their awards, i would like to think the publisher of "the washington post, " and the director for center of public leadership. [applause] ♪ >> good morning everybody. crisscrossed the is the governor of new jersey at a former u.s. attorney. he has sharply reduced deficit since his tour began in 2009 working closely with a democratically controlled state legislature. with his unrepentant and unconventional approach, christy is not a traditional state
leader. his willingness to yield the power of his bully pulpit, to cut thousands of public-sector jobs has and him as many enemies as it has friends. there is no denying his ability to get results. an editorial page writer of the jersey second-largest daily newspaper called the alliance between cory booker and cis christy the best example of consolidation of power and services seen in new jersey today. instead of working like two independent municipalities fighting for the same resources, they are seeing value in working as a team. even if chris and poker are each going so to meet their own political goals. such collaboration is still rare. christie told an audience in february, leadership today hasto about doing the big things.
congratulations, governor christie. [applause] >> kind of a typical introduction for me. [laughter] i want to thank everybody involved with this honor. i was saying to folks back states that when this invation came in, it was a very busy time of year for everybody. i was trying to figure out if i can make this work and work in my schedule. my 18-year-old son was at senior high school. he is tang a leadership class. i brought the letter, and he saw it in the kitchen. he said, we use the on leadership page every day. you have to do this. so a large assist today for me
being here goes to my son, andrew, and his class who are going to be watching this today. i think having ceremonies like this and honoring a diverse group of leaders at this time in our history is even more important than it may have been 10 or 20 years ago. the challenges that are placed before us as leaders now are so significant because of the failings of leadership befor us. people did not like to say that out loud to much that we felt bere, but we have. the circumstances that we find ourselves and, especially fiscally in our country, did not happen overnight. are the fault of one party or the other. there are a failure of leadership by everybody. for us not to be acknowledging folks for leading no matter
where the leadership happened -- whether it happens in government, academia, or the private sector or the media, it is important to remind people that the one indispensable part of progress for us as a people is leadership. i have a saying that i use all the time that i stole from somebody -- i do not know who it was. you have to stand for something. i tell my folks, a leader without follow worse is a guy out for a walk. how you get followers? i think you get followers by standing for something. but i found over the last two years as i have a lot of followers who do not agree with me on many different issues. they feel compelled to move our state in some direction and to not stay stuck in quisand.
it to not allow partisan bickering to be the role. i think the best part of the introduction is that we have accomplished everything we have done with a democratic legislature. i say often that the challenge of that type of leadership is that there is often, i think, almost always a boulevard between getting everything you want and compromising our principles. i will never compromise my principles. i also know i am not going t get everything that one. depending on the issue, the boulevard is sometimes broader or narrower. the job, i think, of the leaders to negotiate yourself and your followers. that way you can move forward to make progress. hopefully, whatevekind of example we have set in new jersey is one that shows people that progress is possible
despite what we see in this town. divided governnt can work despite what we see in this town. for executives to lead, you have to take chances. we cannot always play it safe. hopefully, that is at least some of the examples of started a new trustee. there are lots of other people doing it too. i just feel happy to be here. i thank you for the honor for me and my state and i look forward to hearing from the rest of the people being honored this morning. thank you very much. [applause] >> it sounds like a good deal of your son's education is home schooling. right there in leadership. good morning on behalf of our senate republican leadership. i am delighted to be here for partnership of the washington
post. to our next leader,sheila bear served as the chair of the fdic from 2006 until 2011 leaving that agency's efforts to help stem the u.s. financial crisis. many believe that she was essential part of preventing the great depression in this country. on her leadership, the fdic also clung to the number one slot in the 2011 best places to work in the federal government rankings. another sign of her leadership. sheila bear pushed hard to help homeowners in financial straits. she managed a number of very large failed institutions at the height of the crisis. she played a key role in crafting financial reforms eventually approved by the congress. the fdic normally a low-profile agency held a prime spot during
the financial crisis because of her leadership. they were tough years, bu she let their impressed upon her staff and others the importance of the agency's mission, protecting consumer deposits. congratulations. kohoutek [applause] -- [applause] >> thank you. this is really quite an honor. after all of these years, i am ill somewhat surprised of the public recognition of the job that we did at the fdic. i mustn't, public recognition can have its downside as well. i remember once during the crisis i was flying out to san diego to give a speech. there was a lot of media scrutiny at the time about whether the fdic was quick to have enough money to make it
through the crisis. i was sitting there and a gentleman came by and he looked down at me and said, are you sheila bair.l he said, well, you must be running out of money. the heavy flooding in coach. i stood up and said, no, we always fly coach kurt we have plenty of money. it was an incredible run. leaders are only as good as the people they lead. i had such a fantastic team. i think the best thing that leader can do for its organization -- for his or her organization is to define a mission -- a clarity of purpose and to make each individual person that what they do is important and it matters to the achievement of that overall mission. leader's economic decisions at all levels pretty hefty hav good decisionmaking at every level. if you try to micromanage from the top, it just does not work.
we got our priorities early at the fdic. it was not to protect banks. it was not to protect bank management. it was not to be liked. margaret thatcher said if you don't do something wanting to be like, you end up compromising everything and achieving nothing. we had a mission to protect the people who use the banks. it was to make sure that they had confidence that their money was there. they were going to have ready access to it no matter what. every single decision we made at the fdic guided to the present. i think it was the key to our tremendous success. on my behalf and on the behalf of the fdic, i thank you for this award. [applause] >> thank you, sheila. the tech companies new think tank. focusing on developing technology based solutions to
confront the challens ranging from counter-terrorism to non- proliferation to psittacine empowerment, at the age of 24 during t bush administration, he was brought in the secretary of state. the youngest person to serve in his capacity -- capacity. he served under hillary clinton as a key advocate as the initiative to refer to as 21st century:statecraft. he is the polymath plus, the informed that do work who moves into social change. congratulations. [applause] >> thank you very much. this is an incredible honor. as somebody who loves history to actually stand up here on stage
at ford's theatre and looked out here, it is an incredible experience. we were asked before the event to say a few things about leadership. having just turned 30 last year and looking at my fellow honorees, i think it is safer for me to tell you a story. it was particularly inspiring to me and it really changed and it shaped my view of what a leader is and what leadership can be. seven years ago, i was in graduate school. i took a long trip to the islamic republic of iran bank for the purpose was to interview opposition leaders and reformers, you're kind of traditional notion of what a leader is and what a leader looks like. member of an older generation will not to the establishment made by research really complicated. i found self very quickly in trouble with the government and the revolutionary guard. i was pulled aside one day and said i needed keep a much lower profile or our blood and that in prison.
i flew to the southern part of the country and found myself in a marketplace in the city of shiraz. i was feeling a mixture of frustration that my research was not going well. i was having my curiosity piqued because i walked tohis one very busy intersection and saw dozens of young iranians doing something that really stood out and it seemed strange to me. there were all in the busy as part of the marketplace tapping away at their mobile devices. i was curious what they're doing because it seemed antisocial behavior. i want that to some of them and ask, what are you doing. they said, we are reducing blue to. i was perplexed because i always thought of it as that could be devised were you walking or talking to yourself. driven by a different set of needs and challenges and seeking to overcome a whole different set of issues from the engineers that were trying to solve the problem of driving and talking at the same time, these
young irani is had found a time to call and text complete strangers to have a good time, to sell playing cards, to organize underground book clubs. it was extraordinary how they found these innovative cases for these tools when i clearly did not understand how to use. i had a group of young iran in surround me and i asked them, you are all using technology to break the law and do things to are not allowed to do right here in public. are you not worried about getting caught? >> he said, do not worry. nobody and -- nobody over 30 double-a-2 says. we are safe for now. i thought this relieves some up a generation gap. so what if they are reducing technology to coexist with a result -- a regime that restricts their civil liberties and human rights. my point was always, do not pay attention to where they are going. pay attention to the tactics
that are using. these young people are with nothing more than a mobile device will use the same mobile devices that are leading them parties to organize a raw political action. fast forward to the green revolution in 2009, the government shut down the internet. the only means of communication that worked was that fun blue to technology because it worked peer to peer as opposed to having to gohrough a telecommunications provider. i tell you this story and not because i think it is the story of leadership, because for me it was inspirational. i always thought of a particular pedigree that a leader had to have. it really changed it and shook my world. i thought about it every single day during my four years in the state department. i still think about it every day at google ideas whether working on that works or how t use technology to address the challenges in weekend failed stes. leave me feeling inspired
becausi look at the 52% of the world is under the age of 30. are the first generation brought up with high prevalence of these technologies. every single one of them as an expert on technology. we need them to the silo busters of the 21st century. i consider myself lucky that every single day i get to work with a handful of engineers that a spouse these ideas and are trying to change the world with tools we use every single day. thank you. [applause] >> thank you. one of the marks is of a leader somebody who helped us all see things in new ways. thank you. he is president of the university of maryland in baltimore county which he has led with inspiration since 1992.
he has been named one of the top 10 college presidents in the country by time magazine and has been increasingly recognized for his efforts to increase minority participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. with the philanthropist, he co- founded the scholars program for high achieving minority students committed to pursuing advanced degrees and research careers in the so-called stem a fields. baseupon his empress of outcomes, that program has become a national model. today graduates of the university of maryland baltimore county, they include a higher number of african american to go onto earned doctorates in these important fields. nebraska -- these number of americans go on to our doctors
and the support fields. that is why our selection committee was so drawn to him. freeman is a visual -- a visionary leader serving as the vanguard of higher education. congratulations. >> thank you very much. good morning. my students were sending the messages and text messages all by giving me ideas of what i might say. let me begin by saying i accept this award with great gratitude on behalf of my colleagues and my students to come from 150 countries. i consider my university a 50 year experiment. we were founded in our state at a time when most people want to one type of institution or another.
we were the first a institution for students of all res. the question was, can we bring people together and have them working together, collaborating in a competing and doing well? it has been an interesting question to focus on for the past 50 years. i have had t privilege of doing just that. in our country in most environments, usually people from underrepresented groups are tending to be at the bottom academically. the fundamental question we have as a society is this. how do we insure that larger numbers of people from all races and all economic backgrounds are able to not simply go to college, not simply to graduate from college but to exile? some of you read david brook's new book, "the social animal." each of us is a product of our
childhood experiences. i was privileged to be a child with dr. king in birmingham, my home town. what that experience taught me what i spend a week in jail is that even children can make decisions about their lives that can have an impact on many others. the fact is for me, leadership is not simply a about the status of one person but rather about the dreams and the valleys of groups of people. whether at a university or american society. the message from my campus, a place that focuses on the classics of chemistry, you can create a public university that can be done as a place for the life of the mind is active. we are proud to be bused in the country at chess -- give me a big hand for that. just as important. [applause] you can be a working class place
where students are excited about greek and latin and biochemistry. most important, you can be a place where you teach children. you do not have to be rate -- you do not have to be rich to be brilant. regardless of your race, boy or girl, you are empowered to say to everybody, i do not have time to be a victim. nothing takes the place of hard work. for me, leadership is about creating a culture of college in groups that will emphasize hard work and discipline and excitement about learning. most important, and lost for learning. thank you it very much. [applause] >> thank you. that was exciting. since 2001, michael kaiser has been president of the kennedy
center for performing arts in washington, d.c. he is a leader having revitalize the kennedy center arts programming and turned it on the american ballet theater. hundredsf millions of dollars are spent each year training young performers kser root in a 2002 op-ed in the washington post. only a small fraction of those is training the people who will train and market these performers. kaiser has spread that training and around the world of inging foreign arts administrators to washington and parking kennedy center training programs around the world from argentina to zimbabwe. he has met with thousands of people in the arts and every single state in the nation to help them bring -- help them keep the arts thriving. great managers know how to bring an open mind in shape. great leaders kobe on the
concourse of their job and embrace even more opportunity. congratulation michael kaiser. [applause] >> thank you very much. it is great to be here this morning. it is challenging for us, but it is a corporate because one of our honorees was the great markup. i knew i wanted to be an arts leader when my family took me to see the music man by barbara cook. i knew that was going to be my career. i started by trying to be a singer, and i was aul myself. that failed. i said, let me try running arts organizations. i had a little bit of success kicks and two organizations. i was very proud of myself for doing that. i thought i was great
then i had the experience to work in south africa with a wonderful organization called the market theater. i met a man named barney simon. he was a great theater director. he created all the great south african theater. he really wanted to change the world. barney took his place and it tore them to run the earth and really taught all of us in america and europe about the horrors of apartheid. i think a great part of the political change happen because of the work he did it around the world. he taught us the difference of creating it play in creating change. about creating change in the world and looking be on your own organization. all the work i do is an honor of
party. i.t. were all very much -- all the work i do an honor of barney. i.t. why all of very much. [applause] >> the key for helping us learn how important the arts is important for leaders. nicholas christoff is it winning columnist for "the new york times." he is not widely for his focus on international human rights issues. that is including the crisis in dar for. his most significant work is the way in which his writing has -- the onion journalism, a testament to the importance of
reforming and the written world. there is no one in journalism anywhere in the united states who has done anything like the work he has done to figure out how poor people are actually living in around the world and what their potential is. that was former president bill clinton in 2009. as a reporter and now as then conspiring columnist, his work has proven to be a powerful one. he has inspired people to become more active on issues of global health, poverty, and human trafficking. congratulations. [applause] >> thank you. what i got the lette from the washington post about this award, i was a little concerned because the new york times has all kinds of rules about accepting awards with conflicts
of interest. i took this to one of the senior editors and showed itnd asked, what do you think? the editor thought and said, it seems to me it's probably more of a problem for them to give it than for us accept it. i would like to start by offering a tribute to the washington post brought mindedness today. i think people were always surprised that i do devote some of the priciest real estate in journalism to things like are further or somalia or human trafficking or whatever it may be. rarely arises after i became a columnist. i thought, i will be changing people's minds over breakfast cars a week. it turned out not to be that way. if i write about issues that people have already wrote about. the fire right about gun-control or any issue on the agenda, i
found that when people started agreeing with me, they think well, that is brilliant. with the start out disagreeing with me, they think it completely misses the point. he is even worse than usual today. we really do have a real power is the spot like that we carry and the ability to shine in on something off the agenda, it makes them speller coffee over breakfast and parted on the agda. that really is a process of bringing about change. i think also in my reporting career one of the things that has struck me is the degree in which leadership comes not from the positions or the resources to provide that kind of leadership rather from people who are driven to make a change. i think it is hard to find and -- a secretary of education who have more impact on american education than wendy, who
started teacher -- teach fo america in her dorm room. right at the this, i am heading to the airport to go back to ypt and bahrain. in particular i remember one day and tahrir square, the mubarak regime was attacking this square. he egyptians have flocked into protected. it was a little clinic set up in the square where volunteer doctors were treating people who have been injured by a these dogs, by molotov cocktails, by stones that were throwing. there was a man who i thought epitomized this kind of courage. he had been fighting for 24 hours to keep the police away. he had one leg in a cast, one arm and the cast. he was getting more stitches to a head wind. i was st backing up so i could take a picture of him as he was getting stitches in his
forehead. i stumbled into a man behind me who was a double amputee in a wheelchair who was out fighting. it's really underscored the degree to which leadership is above all else a state of mind. thank you very much. [applause] >> if there is a thing we are hearing, is people who want to change the world. a professor of physics at the california institute of technology.
he is renowned forromoting knowledge base development and global peace as he is for his academic leadership. he has worked to further education in his native country, egypt, and throughout the end of world. this year he is engaged in the transition to democracy ushered in by the recent revolution that is known as the arab spring. his ties to egypt and the united states, to science, to democracy, he used a book powerfully when in 2009 president barack obama named him the first united states and science envoy to the middle east. he has garnered on is from a round the globe including honoree the degrees and has won a 100 international awards. congratulations. [applause]
>> thank you very much. when one receives an award and his own field of endeavor, one feels good about the recognition of peers. when one receives an award that transcends professional boundaries that and knowledge services to humanity, itecomes exceptionally worried. i am profoundly honor to accept the leader award from two of americans most distinguished institutions in washington and academia. early in my academic career, i received a professorial offer from harvard.
however, as i began to write public affairs i soon realized it would be harder to get an op- ed into harvard then -- i do hope it will achieve its practice. leadership is the offspring of vision. of pamount importance perfected leadership, it is the ability to inspire others with one's vision to dream of a better future. as a boy growing up near alexandria and resent it, my appearance was thoughtful enough to endow me with some good genes. it was there i dreamt of acquiring knowledge and of one day becoming a university professor.
coming to america, the land of opportunity and without being able to speak english, mixing desert with desert. i learned of making contributions to sites. it was my group at caltech to dream and i did. one is fortunate to toeach the goal of a dream, but we cannot let our dreams to our personal gains. to go beyond i have followed three basic values. not to forget about my on the egyptian troops. second, to serve the two countries of my life, egypt and america. third, to be a citizen of the world. a world that needs the help from its leaders knowing that more than 80% of its population is in
the have nots -- developing or underdeveloped. with respect to my biggest and most complex dream turned out to be the one concerning the transformation of the chips to regain its past glory and to function in the modern world. only through renaissance in government and education would by native country become a dallas-based society as it was thousands of years ago -- a knowledge based society as it was the thousands of years ago. this vision was impossible to realize under the mubarak regime. the people of egypt are dreaming of a new future. despite the rocky road ahead, i remain optimistic.
a few days ago, more than 60% of eligible workers went to the poll in the first democratic parliamentary election. a historic milestone in more than 50 years of modern his story. the revolution besides its and secretaries -- and ousting a 30- year ruling is enabling the vision i dreamed of for over 12 years. the transportation -- the transformation of the jet to ship eight knowledge based society is now beginning to materialize. the government has just been nominated the science and technology which we hope will become the caltech of the middle east. this leap forward would not have been possible without the sacrifice of thousands of lives
in the january revolution. it to them i'd dedicate to this award. for their leadership in the pursuit of liberty and for the hope they have planted for the future. thank you very much. [applause] >> just one more round of applause for all of the winners. [applause] >> that is followed by the lighting ceremony for the christmas tree.
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